A public hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 21 for Stahl Brothers Dairy’s application for renewal of its Wisconsin Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.

The facility, N7518 Tonet Road, Luxemburg, affects surface water and groundwater within the Kewaunee River Watershed, according to the notice of the permit renewal from the Department of Natural Resources.

A hearing officer will take testimony starting at 10 a.m. Feb 21 in the Expo Hall at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds, 625 Third St., Luxemburg.

The notice describes the operation as follows:

“Brief Facility Description: Stahl Bros Dairy LLC is an existing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). Stahl Bros Dairy LLC is owned and operated by Tom and Steve Stahl. It currently has 2,175 animal units (1,578 milking and dry cows) and is proposing to expand to 3,500 animal units (2,500 milking and dry cows) by 2023.

Construction schedules have been included in the proposed permit for: evaluating feed and liquid manure storages, plan and specification development for additional liquid waste storage, and evaluating animal lot runoff controls.

Stahl Bros Dairy LLC has a total of 1,949 acres available for land application of manure and process wastewater. Of this acreage, 997.7 acres are owned and 848.2 acres are rented or controlled through manure spreading agreements.”

The DNR says it has tentatively decided that the permit should be reissued.

In addition to oral testimony at the hearing, written comments or objections can be sent through Feb. 28 to the permit drafter, Ben Uvaas, DNR Oshkosh Service Center, 625 E. County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901, or Benjamin.Uvaas@wisconsin.gov.

Stahl Brothers Dairy last year agreed to pay up to $50,000 in penalties for spills that occurred while spreading manure on farm fields in December 2014 and November 2015.

 

Link to the DNR hearing notice

Link to the draft permit

Link to a DNR Fact Sheet about the permit